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How to get a witness signature for absentee ballots while social distancing

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - As of Saturday evening, the deadline to mail-in absentee ballots is still April 13, but voters need to make sure they're doing so correctly.

Friday afternoon, election officials said that voters could submit their ballots without a witness signature, but that has since changed. On Friday night that decision was reversed.

Effective immediately, all absentee ballots need a witness signature from any adult U.S. citizen in order to be counted.

To obtain a signature while practicing social distancing, a witness can watch a voter fill out their ballot while watching through a window, open door, car window or other barriers.

Witnesses can also watch through video chat, such as Skype, FaceTime or Zoom.

A ballot can then be left by the witness' door or mailbox to be signed. The witness can also turn in the ballot for the voter.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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